On Yolanda/Haiyan Foreign Aid: Who is giving what, and to whom?

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SHOW ME THE MONEY - Foreign aid for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) has reached staggering levels, with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs pegging the value at P19.53 billion. Data on these massive aid flows can be visualized to show the donors, and through which channels the donations were made.

TJ Palanca https://www.twitter.com/tjpalanca
11-23-2013

Money in motion

An Australian aid worker receives a briefing from the mayor of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, where Yolanda first made landfall. (Photo: <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/106853342@N04/10952484034/in/photolist-hFQkVC-hFRefF-hFQLVB-hFPTG7-hFQjx9-hFQ2Bq-hFPJgT-hFPZuj-hFPKvr-hFR3gM-hFQLYd-hFQPg8-hFQZTR-hFQZ7v-hFQHpP-hFPPN5-hFQSGX-hFR8dv-hFQHvw-hFPSe6-hFPVxF-hFQcJE-hFQ3BS-hFQpxh-hFPBGk-hFQxnq-hFQCCA' target='_blank'>AUSAID/Flickr</a>, <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>)

Figure 1: An Australian aid worker receives a briefing from the mayor of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, where Yolanda first made landfall. (Photo: AUSAID/Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

When Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall, cut through the central Philippines last November 8, 2013, it caused damage of unprecedented proportions. The most recent National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) estimates place the death toll at 5,235 and damage of P22 billion, making it the third costliest typhoon in the Philippines.

If there is a silver lining to this disaster, however, it is the overwhelming response of the international community to the disaster. Foreign aid has reached P19.5 billion as of November 20, 2013, according to the UNOCHA Financial Tracking Service. However, concerns arise regarding how these aid flows are being managed and delivered, and it’s useful to take a look at how aid money is flowing though the system, which we can visualize using data from the UNOCHA-FTS: